(L-R) Lorenz Baumer, Alexandra Golovanoff, Nathalie Rykiel, Chantal Thomass, Harumi Klossowska de Rola and Bruno Frisoni

PARIS, Apr 4, 2012/ — Today at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, organizers of the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize announced the panel of judges for the third annual fashion prize competition.

They are: Kenzo Takada, acclaimed Japanese designer; Lorenz Baumer, famous jeweller and designer of Louis Vuitton jewellery; Bruno Frisoni, artistic director for Roger Vivier; Nathalie Rykiel, CEO of Sonia Rykiel; Chantal Thomass, CEO of Chantal Thomass lingerie; Alexandra Golovanoff, French journalist and TV host; Harumi Klossowska de Rola, jewellery designer and daughter of painter Balthus and Jean-Jacques Picart, leading fashion and luxury consultant.

The stellar panel forms a collection of some of the greatest names in the world of luxury, with each bringing to the table a wealth of experience from different sectors of the fashion industry. The judges will unite to shortlist the final five candidates in June and the winner of the prize will be chosen at the final catwalk event in Paris this October.

The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize was created in 2010 and carries an endowment of €30,000 to be awarded to a gifted designer of ready-to-wear or premium accessories to help establish their brand.

Entries for the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize must be based in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Switzerland and have operated their brand for a minimum of two years. Entries are being received from now until May 31st and the application form can be downloaded from www.dorchestercollection.com/dorchester-prize.

The winner’s work must also evoke the spirit of Dorchester Collection’s iconic hotels and, therefore, project a sense of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship. Previous recipients of the prestigious prize include designer Thomas Tait in 2010 and jewellery brand Anndra Neen in 2011.

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Le Meurice, Paris, Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, Coworth Park, Ascot, UK, 45 Park Lane, London, Le Richemond, Geneva


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